Sermons

Read or download the text from past sermons.  The most recent sermon is typically available online by 3 PM each Monday.
 
 
 
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Rev. Gusti Linnea Newquist

June 12, 2022

 

Based on *Proverbs 8: Divine Wisdom in Creation

*incarnational translation below

When I asked our Worship Planning Team how SPC has historically handled Trinity Sunday, there were more than a few chuckles. No need to really go there, we all decided. Way to esoterically doctrinal for us.

Believe me, I get it. In seminary, I spent an entire semester long course slogging through two centuries’ worth of teaching on the Trinity. I still could not really tell you what it is all about!

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Rev. Gusti Linnea Newquist

May 29, 2022

Based on Jeremiah 31:15. Rachel Weeps for Her Children

 

It was, by all accounts, the President’s best speech to-date. Even though he was flanked by local clergy caring for their own community in crisis, it was the President who was our pastor-in-chief. It was a memorial service, so he quoted the Scriptures. Then he called forth, with clarity and compassion, the names of those who had died. He spoke of overwhelming promise and potential cut short. He spoke of unparalleled heroism in the face of terror.

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"Story, Ceremony, Community"

Confirmation Class Reflections

Jillian Dillow, Confirmand

I am going to start off with the question, “What did I learn from confirmation class?”

We had check in periods where we were asked what we learned, or what we remembered, and a recurring theme that I and others noticed is that humans just aren’t that good at living as God wants us to.

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"A Vision Toward Risk and Connection"

Christa Joyce, Director of Children and Youth Programs

May, 15, 2022

 

Based on Exodus 1:22-2:10. Youth Mission Trip Reflections

Christa Joyce, Director of Children and Youth Programs:

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Rev. Gusti Linnea Newquist

May 8, 2022

 

Based on Acts 9:36-41. The Raising of Tabitha.

My mother, whom I celebrate on this Mother’s Day 2022, is the most brilliant seamstress I know. Many of the stoles I wear in worship are her creations, including this one I am wearing today.

When I became a church professional in my early twenties, my mother made two new suits for me to wear. One is deep, dark, pinkish-red, with a skirt hemline just below the knees. My mother calls it my power suit.

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Rev. Gusti Linnea Newquist

May 1, 2022

 

Based on Psalm 30. Finding Joy After a Long, Dark Night

We have God’s joy in our blood.

So says the writer Frederick Buechner in his book Longing for Home: Recollections and Reflections.

God created us in joy and created us for joy, and in the long run not all the darkness there is in the world and in ourselves can separate us finally from that joy.

In the end, Buechner writes, joy is our home.

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Rev. Gusti Linnea Newquist

May 1, 2022

 

Based on Psalm 30. Finding Joy After a Long, Dark Night

We have God’s joy in our blood.

So says the writer Frederick Buechner in his book Longing for Home: Recollections and Reflections.

God created us in joy and created us for joy, and in the long run not all the darkness there is in the world and in ourselves can separate us finally from that joy.

In the end, Buechner writes, joy is our home.

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Rev. Gusti Linnea Newquist

April 24, 2022

 

Based on Acts 5:27-29. The Apostles Commit Civil Disobedience

The question remains: what do we do with our grief?

Subconsciously, at least, this question guides the thinking and feeling and acting of the apostles these days and months on the other side of the cross. What do we do with our grief?

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Rev. Gusti Linnea Newquist

April 17, 2022

 

Based on Luke 24:1-11. The Apostles Struggle with The Resurrection.

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Rev. Gusti Linnea Newquist

April 10, 2022

 

Based on Luke 22 - 23. The Liturgy of The Passion.

It may be disjointing, for many of us, on this Palms-to-Passion Sunday, to find our focus here in the sanctuary, not on a cross, but on an image of Paradise. A river of the water of life, flowing. Grass and trees thriving. Evidence of the sun shining, either sunrise or sunset. No cross in sight. No cross even imaginable in this garden of glory.

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Gusti Linnea Newquist

April 3, 2022

 

Based on John 12:1-8. Anointing Jesus at Bethany

Seven months ago, all the way back in September, the Jewish tradition began a year-long sabbatical, called Shmita in Hebrew. You may remember we spent several months in worship last autumn reflecting on three themes of Shmita: work, wealth, and land.

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Gusti Linnea Newquist

March 27, 2022

"Visioning"

 

Based on *2 Corinthians 5:16-17. Paul casts a vision of never-ending creation.

*incarnational translation below

To everything there is a season, says the poet of the Scriptures. A time to every purpose under heaven.

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Rev. Gusti Linnea Newquist

March 20, 2022

 

Based on Psalm 63 and Luke 13:6-9. Love Transforms Desert Longing Into the Garden of God

There are times when even our most honest, hope-filled, realistic expectations serve as little more than pre-meditated resentments.

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Rev. Gusti Linnea Newquist

March 6, 2022

Based on Luke 4:1-13. Jesus Faces His Inner Demons


This is one of the greatest demonstrations of good versus evil that we have seen during our lifetimes.

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"Conscience and Forbearance"

Rev. Gusti Linnea Newquist

February 27, 2022

Based on 2 Corinthians 3:17 – 4:2. Commending Our Conscience

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, Jesus says, according to the Gospel of Luke, as he begins his public ministry. God has anointed me, Jesus says, to bring good news to the poor … to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free.

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Rev. Gusti Linnea Newquist

Special Speaker: Morgan Wisniewski Sell

February 20, 2022

Based on Genesis 45, selected verses. Joseph provides for his family in a famine.

Two years it has been since the famine began, for Joseph and his brothers. Two years since COVID began, for us.

It is not over. It is only just beginning.

The endemic phase, we are calling it now, this nebulous transition we undergo where the worst is (hopefully) over and instead we learn how to live with this new reality.

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Gusti Linnea Newquest

Special Speaker: Jillian Dillow

February 13, 2022

 

Based on Revelation 22:1-2. A Vision of Paradise Found.

The Book of Revelation gets a bad rap.

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Rev. Gusti Linnea Newquist

February 6, 2022

 

Based on *Luke 5:1-11. Simon Rows Into the Deep with Jesus

*Dramatic Re-Telling Below


They are tired.

Simon, James and John, and all the rest.

Working day and night and night and day along the Sea of Galilee to feed themselves and feed their families, as the standard haul of fish for local seashore villages shrinks and shrinks and shrinks. Until one night, the night before Jesus arrives, the haul just shrivels up and dies.

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Based on *Mark 6:1-6. Prophet Jesus Can’t Convince His Own “Home Church”

* incarnation translation below

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Rev. Gusti Linnea Newquist

Sunday, January 23, 2021

 

Based on *Nehemiah 8. The people reclaim their communal heritage.

*incarnational translation below

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